Has IS been beaten on the ground in Syria?

Has IS been beaten on the ground in Syria?US President Donald Trump announced this week that he has decided to pull American troops out of Syria because the Islamic State group is now “defeated”. The superpower’s troops and advisers form a key part of an international military coalition that backs the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) — made up of Kurdish and Arab fighters — in ongoing battles against the jihadists. After conquering vast swathes of Syrian territory in 2014, IS has suffered numerous setbacks over the past two years, due to separate offensives by the SDF and Syria’s national military.



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